This book examines how gay place-making challenged the juggernaut of neoliberal urbanization in the Malate district of Manila. In this ethnography, Collins explores the creation of place, characterized by neighborhood renewal, gay community and entrepreneurialism, and informal gay sexual labor. Malate teaches us that the power of sexual community to sustain a transgressive, inclusive, gay neighborhood is circumscribed and fleeting, and that urban livability, justice, and freedom must be pursued through organized grassroots political projects if the magic of Malate is to be revived for all its residents.
Collins, D. (2016). The rise and fall of an urban sexual community: Malate (dis)placed. The Rise and Fall of an Urban Sexual Community: Malate (Dis)placed (pp. 1–237). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-57961-4